Aug 12, 2017

Three reasons imminent £35m Tottenham signing Davinson Sanchez was worth the wait

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After a quiet summer of transfer activity, ESPN believe that Tottenham are closing in on the £35 million signing of Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez. Here are three reasons why The Boot Room believes he was worth the wait for Tottenham…

He’s experienced despite his age

Sanchez may be just 21-years-old, but he already has substantial experience in European football. With 45 games under his belt for Ajax last season, he was a key part of their young side as they reached the Europa League final. Despite his youth, he was one of the leaders of the side’s defence.

Few players at that age with that level of potential have such experience of first team football in Europe, especially having made the move from his native Colombia only a year ago.

He’s good on the ball

His pass completion ratio of 87.1% was better than any of the Spurs’ regulars in the back four despite Mauricio Pochettino being keen to make his team pass the ball out from the back. The likes of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier were signed in part due to their ability on the ball and Sanchez falls into that category too.

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Sanchez may lack some of the physical stature that may make him an immediately natural fit for the Premier League, but he has many of the right components to be a success at Wembley. If he can adapt, he could be the perfect addition.

He’s a clear upgrade

Sanchez is likely to replace Kevin Wimmer and will immediately go into competing in defence. His arrival could see Eric Dier freed up to play in midfield more regularly again, with Jan Vertonghen potentially an option on the left, or adding greater depth for Pochettino to field a back three.

The manager clearly does not trust Wimmer with that role and was reluctant to even field him from the bench, but with Sanchez, Tottenham’s defence will have an extra dimension of flexibility.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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